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Prepare For (And Fight Against) Landlord Tax Increases

Prepare For (And Fight Against) Landlord Tax Increases

12 Jun 2016 / Finances, Taxes & Saving Costs / 22 Comments

This blog post is probably long overdue. Actually, it’s definitely long overdue according to the surge of emails I’ve received over the last several months, from people with a profound passion for the letting industry, urging me to reach out to ‘you lot’ so we (landlords) can all band together to fight against a seemingly […]

How Long Should A Tenancy Agreement Be? Anything But Long!

How Long Should A Tenancy Agreement Be? Anything But Long!

05 May 2016 / Managing Your Rental Property / 32 Comments

I know I’ve mentioned the shit-storm that is long-term tenancies in the midst of various other posts, but I can’t remember if I’ve previously thrown the issue onto its own platform. I have a nagging feeling I may have. Urgh, my declining memory continues to haunt me like a cluster of fiery genital ulcers. A […]

Apparently I’m Responsible For The Broken Communal Garden Fence

Apparently I’m Responsible For The Broken Communal Garden Fence

28 Mar 2016 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 64 Comments

Before diving into the core issue, the landlord’s responsibility to repair and maintain garden fences, an issue which I’m sure you’re helplessly excited about, let me tell you where my miserable little life is at right now (although, feel free to skip the intro if you couldn’t give a crap, because it really has nothing […]

What Furniture Should Landlords Provide?

What Furniture Should Landlords Provide?

17 Feb 2016 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 47 Comments

Holy moly. The gaps between my blog posts are getting dangerously long now! D’Know what the funny thing is? To help boost my horrendously low productivity levels I recently purchased a ‘disability over-bed table’ – yes, just like the one’s you see in hospitals and nursing homes next to the piss-filled bedpans, although my particular […]

BTL Remortgaging Is A Pain In The Ass (But Still Worth Doing)

BTL Remortgaging Is A Pain In The Ass (But Still Worth Doing)

06 Jan 2016 / Mortgages For Landlords / 64 Comments

Happy New Year everyone! How was yours? I hope you all made it through the other side in one-piece, albeit double in size, still bloody-eyed and intoxicated. Alas, the party’s over, it’s now back to bizz… There are certain topics I absolutely despise blogging about, yet I reluctantly do it. I do it because many […]

Landlord Compliance Pack For New Tenancies

Landlord Compliance Pack For New Tenancies

03 Dec 2015 / Landlord Forms & Documents / 20 Comments

Season’s greetings folks! I cannot believe it’s December already (I literally say that every year because it’s my least favourite time of the year). Seriously, what the hell? Seems like only yesterday I was salivating the mouths of the housewives’ and their daughters’ on my street by prancing around in my garden, watering my flower-beds […]

BTL Remortgaging: ‘Occupier’s Consent & Postponement Deed’ – WTF Is This Shit?

BTL Remortgaging: ‘Occupier’s Consent & Postponement Deed’ – WTF Is This Shit?

03 Nov 2015 / Mortgages For Landlords / 21 Comments

There’s always a gigantic element of risk when I blog about an issue that’s utterly trivial and focused on my own circumstances, because it’s bound to be totally irrelevant to 99.9999% of you, which means you probably won’t give a flying shit about whatever it is I’m banging on about. And since I am a […]

My Landlord Annual ‘Gas Safety Check’ Failed Good & Proper

My Landlord Annual ‘Gas Safety Check’ Failed Good & Proper

12 Oct 2015 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 43 Comments

I’ve experienced some pretty nasty congealed meshes travelling up and down my throat in my time, but nothing could have made my most recent mouth-full any easier to regurgitate. I’d say a third of everything I consumed last week found its way crawling back up my throat after my plumber informed me the gas safe […]

New Section 21 Rules (2015) For Landlords in England

New Section 21 Rules (2015) For Landlords in England

21 Sep 2015 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 37 Comments

Disclaimer: this could be deemed as a long and painful read, but it’s crucial for landlords in England to make the journey until the bitter end, even if that requires a couple of hits of espresso and/or the white powder. MOST landlords have either used and/or will use a Section 21 notice, so the odds […]

Landlord Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulation & Release Form

Landlord Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulation & Release Form

16 Sep 2015 / Landlord Legal Issues / 33 Comments

Apologies in advance for what will probably unravel to be one of the most mundane and disengaging blog posts of the year. I wouldn’t wish this article upon my worst enemy, because there’s absolutely nothing exhilarating about a couple of inanimate devices that you can’t install apps or watch porn on, that’s for damn sure. […]

How To Be A Sensible & Low-Risk Landlord

How To Be A Sensible & Low-Risk Landlord

26 Aug 2015 / Buying & Investing in BTLs / 16 Comments

I’m not sure, but I may need to throw up an extra disclaimer before dragging your corpse through this one. My concern is that if the wrong type of idiot misconstrues my ‘pedestrian ramblings’ as savvy financial and future-planning advice, they may feel obligated to unleash a “no win, no fee” blood-sucking Lawyer onto my […]

The Thought Of Buying Another BTL Makes Me Physically Sick!

The Thought Of Buying Another BTL Makes Me Physically Sick!

29 Jul 2015 / Complaints & Rants / 68 Comments

I’m currently in the midst of a horrendously tedious 6 hour coach journey from Sharm el-Sheikh to Cairo, crammed in with the locals like a tin of sweaty sardines. I foolishly opted for hitting the open road because I was under the illusion that gazing through the dusty windows would expose me to a side […]

Landlords In England Must Serve The “How To Rent” Guide To Tenants

Landlords In England Must Serve The “How To Rent” Guide To Tenants

01 Jul 2015 / Landlord Legal Issues / 1 Comment

I haven’t really spoken much about this, and rightly so, because it’s as boring as shit- and the whole thing is kinda’ pointless if you ask me. But what can ya’ do? Despite my ‘blogging fingers’ being put to absolute waste with this subject matter, I feel I should say something, because it’s rather quite […]

Avoiding Letting Agents & Crazy Maintenance Fees

Avoiding Letting Agents & Crazy Maintenance Fees

17 Jun 2015 / Tips For Using Letting Agents / 23 Comments

If you wake up in the mornings finding yourself in midst of the war-torn surroundings of the lettings industry, life has probably thrown you a bunch of lemons and things probably haven’t turned out like you had once planned. If it’s any consolation, believe it or not, it was never a childhood dream of mine […]

My Tenant Won’t Allow Me To Enter The Property For Viewings

My Tenant Won’t Allow Me To Enter The Property For Viewings

14 May 2015 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 87 Comments

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Almost a month. I’ve missed you. Apparently this blogging malarkey isn’t all that easy when you have sweet F-all to blog about. And unfortunately, I make it particularly challenging for myself by refusing to become a drivelling drone; blogging for the sake of blogging; following a militant schedule, rather […]

OpenRent Online Letting Agent Review & Free Trial Offer 2016

OpenRent Online Letting Agent Review & Free Trial Offer 2016

01 May 2015 / ‘How To Find Tenants’ Guide For Landlords / 23 Comments

Current OpenRent Special Offer OpenRent are currently offering a FREE 5 day trial for their tenant-find service, which includes getting your vacant property listed on Rightmove! No strings attached (as the review below explains). Get the FREE Rightmove Offer Enjoy :) The purpose of this blog post is to provide clarity and answer some questions […]

FREE Webinar! Online Letting Agents & Finding Tenants Quickly Explained!

FREE Webinar! Online Letting Agents & Finding Tenants Quickly Explained!

16 Apr 2015 / ‘How To Find Tenants’ Guide For Landlords / 13 Comments

I’m going to try something new here. This could all go horribly wrong. A ballsy move because I’m no too fond of change, especially when I’ve already got a winning formula here, which generally consists of me complaining about something utterly trivial and subsequently divulge how miserable my landlord life is, while you sit back […]

My Tenant Left Their Belongings Behind In The Property

My Tenant Left Their Belongings Behind In The Property

01 Apr 2015 / Landlord Legal Issues / 1 Comment

I got caught out by this vicious little hurdle in the past. I’m not even going to sugar coat it, it’s simply stone-cold infuriating and frustrating. It’s one massive ball-ache. A couple of years ago I had a tenant leave behind a whole mountain of his possessions, which I could only consider to be a […]

Who Is Responsible For Mould In Rentals- Tenant Or Landlord?

Who Is Responsible For Mould In Rentals- Tenant Or Landlord?

26 Mar 2015 / Landlord Legal Issues / 105 Comments

Chaps, remember a couple of months ago, all the way back in gloomy January 2015, when I publicly broke down into a hysterical heap of oestrogen and wrote an emotional blog post about my personal battle with old age, and specifically how my symptoms were aggressively starting to surface? The tell-tale signs being the sudden […]

My Tenant Is Sub-Letting- What Should I Do?

My Tenant Is Sub-Letting- What Should I Do?

20 Mar 2015 / Managing Your Rental Property / 0 Comments

Sub-letting is one of those of circumstances that can swing either way, it can be a beautiful thing, or a pain the ass. If you’re a landlord, you’re probably reading this for one of two reasons: 1) You’ve recently discovered your tenant is sub-letting and you want to know the legal implications i.e. what your […]

Landlord Life: The Horrific Reality Of Maintenance Costs

Landlord Life: The Horrific Reality Of Maintenance Costs

05 Mar 2015 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 63 Comments

Someone whip out a box of Kleenex, a pot of petroleum jelly and the violins already! I’ve had a freakin’ nightmare. I’ve just endured an extremely painful and traumatic week, so please bear with me while I projectile vomit last week’s Filet-o-Fish over my keyboard and nervously gather together enough mental strength to share my […]

FIGHT: Rightmove / Zoopla Vs OnTheMarket

FIGHT: Rightmove / Zoopla Vs OnTheMarket

11 Feb 2015 / Complaints & Rants / 49 Comments

This post is going to be a rather shamelessly self-indulgent one that will only serve to comfort the needs of my inner geekhood, which unfortunately takes immense joy from all things online-marketing related, especially in the property vertical. I’m no expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I am an enthusiast that’s compelled to […]

Suing Your Landlord For Disrepair

Suing Your Landlord For Disrepair

21 Jan 2015 / Tenant Advice / 28 Comments

Hold me! I’m in a dark and morbid place right now. I’m going through a very traumatic transitional period in my life, which many of you have already been through, so I divulge with confidence and expectancy of empathetic ears. Regrettably, I’m starting to see some early signs of old age; not just biological, but […]

Landlord Maintenance & Emergency Insurance

Landlord Maintenance & Emergency Insurance

11 Jan 2015 / Landlord Insurance Guide / 2 Comments

One of the most annoying aspects of being a landlord is dealing with maintenance issues. But specifically, having to track down someone to resolve the problem, which could entail calling several local tradesman, most of which have a displeasing backlog of work. It’s just irritating beyond belief, especially because it’s Sod’s law that breakdowns occur […]

My Tenants Are Getting Divorced

My Tenants Are Getting Divorced

08 Jan 2015 / Managing Your Rental Property / 44 Comments

Happy New Year to you all. Hope you had a blast! Before I dive into the purpose of this blog post, please allow me to digress on a grand scale (perhaps the grandest to date)… because right now I need to vent… I’m currently on a flight home from Bucharest where I was fortunate enough […]

How To End / Terminate A Tenancy Agreement

How To End / Terminate A Tenancy Agreement

18 Dec 2014 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 23 Comments

Well, this was bound to happen, wasn’t it? Covering the topic of how to end a tenancy agreement seems like the natural step of progression after blogging about how to renew a tenancy agreement. Granted, both topics equally as unfulfilling to write (and probably to read if it’s not relevant to your current needs) as […]

How To Renew A Tenancy Agreement

How To Renew A Tenancy Agreement

26 Nov 2014 / Managing Your Rental Property / 52 Comments

I’m surprised I haven’t covered this incredibly mundane issue already, but apparently this one slipped through the net (so I’ve been hastily informed by a rather disgruntled reader that is under the impression I’m running a subscription based landlord support service here and acting like I swindled him out of money. Dickhead!). Thinking about it, […]

Landlord Law: Right-To-Rent Immigration Checks

Landlord Law: Right-To-Rent Immigration Checks

05 Nov 2014 / Landlord Legal Issues / 27 Comments

Another day, another incoming landlord legal requirement to ruin our lives and add to the forever growing list. Sigh. This one is about the hot topic of immigration- it was bound to happen. The Government needs to look like it’s doing something about the issue to restore faith in those wallowing around in upheave- so […]

What You Should Know Before YOU Become A Landlord…

What You Should Know Before YOU Become A Landlord…

20 Oct 2014 / Buying & Investing in BTLs / 45 Comments

“I want in”, he says, with a smile stretching from ear-to-ear, so smug that I almost want throw a balloon filled with warm piss in his face. A friend of mine has managed to stack together a little too much cash under his withered mattress- and now he wants to taste the sweet nectar of […]

If Your Tenant Wants To Leave Early…

If Your Tenant Wants To Leave Early…

01 Oct 2014 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 52 Comments

Unbelievably common situation. What should you do? Nothing, let it happen. Roll with it. Hell, offer to help them pack if you’re the jovial Christian type. Just don’t sweat it. Remember the good times, pour some liquor. Legally, tenants are obligated to remain your tenants and liable for the full rent up until the end-date […]

Redecorating & Finding New Tenants In-Between Tenancies

Redecorating & Finding New Tenants In-Between Tenancies

15 Sep 2014 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 28 Comments

The last two weeks have been hell. Literally, a complete bollock-ache. But it usually always is during the period in-between tenancies, when landlords have to prepare a new and presentable case to entice the incoming replacements. The circle of life. I’d say dealing with rogue tenants is the most stressful aspect of being a landlord, […]

What Is ‘Fair Wear and Tear’?

What Is ‘Fair Wear and Tear’?

25 Aug 2014 / Decorating & Maintaining BTLs / 37 Comments

Earlier today I met my tenant for a final inspection before he handed back his keys and started a new chapter in his life without the best landlord in the world. I’m not sure how well he’ll cope, but nonetheless, good luck to him. He’ll need it. I was so utterly delightful to him. Despite […]

Landlord Building Insurance Renewals- Saving You Money!

Landlord Building Insurance Renewals- Saving You Money!

11 Aug 2014 / Finances, Taxes & Saving Costs / 20 Comments

Couple of weeks ago I received 2 fat A4 letters from Halifax’s Home Insurance division. The contents of the packages was no mystery, I knew my landlord building insurance policies for 2 of my rentals were shortly due for renewal, so they were eager for me to resign and seal the deal. Clearly, there’s nothing […]

My Tenant/Lodger Paid Her Deposit But Didn’t Move in

My Tenant/Lodger Paid Her Deposit But Didn’t Move in

30 Jul 2014 / ‘How To Find Tenants’ Guide For Landlords / 23 Comments

Bit of an odd one. It’s personally never happened to me, but I imagine it’s far short of being unbelievably uncommon. This morning (Tuesday), just like most others, I was going through my early morning ritual of being totally unorganised, obscenely late and ill-prepared for my day. But Tuesday is always a little bit different […]

Best Ways For Landlords To Cut Costs & Save Money

Best Ways For Landlords To Cut Costs & Save Money

14 Jul 2014 / Finances, Taxes & Saving Costs / 28 Comments

Becoming a landlord isn’t particularly difficult. Any idiot with a semi-functioning brain and a bit of capital can jump onto this bandwagon- and they generally do. I stand before you as living proof. Not proud, just saying. However, being a “good” landlord isn’t so straight forward. There’s an unenjoyable learning curve to climb and many […]

Guarantor Referencing Application Form

Guarantor Referencing Application Form

01 Jul 2014 / Landlord Forms & Documents / 1 Comment

Before diving into this article and downloading the Free Guarantor Application Form, I strongly advise you to read the Tenant Guarantor Guide if you’re not familiar with the purpose or general principles of a tenant guarantor and contract. But to give you a basic overview, a guarantor acts on behalf of your tenant if he […]

My Landlord Evicted Me Because I Asked For Repairs, Is That Legal?

My Landlord Evicted Me Because I Asked For Repairs, Is That Legal?

23 Jun 2014 / Tenant Advice / 52 Comments

For those that came here for the quick answer and/or can’t stomach enduring my meandering dribble, it’s “NO”, now get out of ‘ere. But for those that do… I’ve been emailed the question a couple of times in the last month or so, by tenants that claim their landlords are evicting them because they complained […]

How To Find DSS/DWP Tenants

How To Find DSS/DWP Tenants

11 Jun 2014 / DWP / DSS Tenants / 23 Comments

It takes a lot to throw this morbid and delusional mind off course, but on the rare occasion it happens, it’s a beautiful thing. Last week, I received an email from a new landlord that posed a question that left me slightly mystified and strangely curious. I had to perform a double-take just to ensure […]

My Tenant’s Rent Is Late, What Should I Do?

My Tenant’s Rent Is Late, What Should I Do?

28 May 2014 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 28 Comments

If you ever happen to capture the grey mood of a hunched over landlord; strolling around aimlessly and depleted of life, like his world has fallen apart- the law of averages says he’s dealing with a tenant in arrears. Because, sadly, we don’t really care or get saddened by much else, and the only other […]

Landlord Licensing Scheme- What, Where, When?

Landlord Licensing Scheme- What, Where, When?

12 May 2014 / Landlord Legal Issues / 99 Comments

There was a time when ONLY landlords of House of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) required a license to let their property, while the rest of us were spared. But that was back when we were living blissfully in ignorance. Alas, since then some very rich and powerful people sat down with some super smart statistical analysts […]

It’s The Estate Agents Job To Sell You An Impractical Piece Of Crap

It’s The Estate Agents Job To Sell You An Impractical Piece Of Crap

05 May 2014 / Buying & Investing in BTLs / 10 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I almost elevated my landlord status to the next level and became an even bigger ‘landlord wanker’ by scooping up my first commercial property. The Lord knows there’s nothing worse than an arsehole landlord with ambition in the middle of an economic meltdown. There’s people out there increasingly feeling the […]

Ultimate Guide For New Landlords

Ultimate Guide For New Landlords

22 Apr 2014 / Landlords Tips / 61 Comments

Before you begin this journey through the Ultimate Landlord Guide, I want to clarify, this guide is written for private sector UK Landlords in England & Wales with single tenanted properties (e.g. NOT for Houses in Multiple Occupation). However, it still may prove useful in elements for all UK based landlords as it covers good […]

Here’s How NOT To Tell Your Tenants To Be Cleaner

Here’s How NOT To Tell Your Tenants To Be Cleaner

08 Apr 2014 / Managing Your Rental Property / 16 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a chap that kindly forwarded me an email that his friend received from her disgruntled (and most likely psychotic) live-in landlord. I was meaning to throw it up on my blog sooner, but procrastination is a bitch, and as glamorous as strapping myself down to […]

My Tenant Won’t Let Me Into The Property

My Tenant Won’t Let Me Into The Property

30 Mar 2014 / Landlord Legal Issues / 24 Comments

This can be a tragic dilemma. A genuine hair-ripping-out moment. If you’re reading this article because you’re currently caught in this predicament, then you’re probably feeling worried and angry. It’s normal. You are NOT alone. When tenants don’t allow their landlord to enter the property it’s usually because one of the following reasons… Rogue tenants […]

Do You REALLY Need To Increase Your Tenant’s Rent?

Do You REALLY Need To Increase Your Tenant’s Rent?

13 Mar 2014 / Finances, Taxes & Saving Costs / 44 Comments

Besides from swimming in pools of money and knocking-back shots of Hennessy out of strippers navels, there are a few other key tasks every landlord should be doing on a regular basis, which includes: Making routine Landlord inspections to ensure the tenants aren’t filthy bastards, and are able to refrain from exploding their arses all […]

You Should Hear What My Landlord Says…

You Should Hear What My Landlord Says…

24 Feb 2014 / Tenant Advice / 12 Comments

Earlier today I was having what can only be described as a tragically mundane conversation with a female buddy of mine via Whatsapp; nothing inappropriate was being said, nor did she have the decency to transfer any of her home-made erotica. It was almost pointless and a total waste of my precious time. But then, […]

Visum Review 2016- Online Letting Agent

Visum Review 2016- Online Letting Agent

23 Feb 2014 / ‘How To Find Tenants’ Guide For Landlords / 0 Comments

I guess you’re here because you want to know more about Visum, but specifically, whether they’re above board or one of the many cowboys parading around as a legitimate operation. Visum is one of about a thousand Online Letting Agents out there. Over the years, online agents have been emerging thick and fast, like hairs […]

Tenants And The Loose Tap Syndrome

Tenants And The Loose Tap Syndrome

10 Feb 2014 / Tenant Advice / 30 Comments

Sigh. “The loose tap syndrome” is the name I’ve given to the repugnant illness commonly contracted by tenants; primary symptom being the uncontrollable necessity of reporting every bullshit minuscule maintenance issue that a mentally impaired chimp is capable of resolving, let alone a fully grown human idiot. However, instead of being useful and fixing the […]

Should New Landlords Use A Letting Agent?

Should New Landlords Use A Letting Agent?

15 Jan 2014 / Tips For Using Letting Agents / 31 Comments

Bit late, but happy New Year everyone! I hope you all got shit-faced and participated in at least one stupid activity that you’ll regret for the rest of your life. I know I did, and that’s why I’m probably dripping with gonorrhea right now. All over my keyboard and shit. Anyways… A few days ago […]

Q&A With The Landlord, ‘i need to find a land load that aceps dss’

Q&A With The Landlord, ‘i need to find a land load that aceps dss’

17 Dec 2013 / Complaints & Rants / 14 Comments

Three of the biggest drags about running this landlord blog: 1) I’m still doing it without being an award winning blogger (how I’ve managed to continue without recognition is beyond me) 2) Contrary to popular belief, blogging still ain’t getting me laid 3) Getting buried with high volumes of ridiculous emails But let’s focus on […]